Police release 2 sketches of accused in cash van robbery

The police on Tuesday released two sketches of one of the four accused in the cash van robbery in which Rs 1.68 crore were looted on the Siswan-Baddi road on Monday. Both the sketches show front profiles of the same person.

Around 11 am on Monday, four people — three of whom were wearing police uniforms — looted a CMS (Cash Management Services) cash van that was to refill the Axis bank ATMs in Barotiwala-Baddi region. The two sketches are based on the description given by the four victims who were looted at gunpoint after being sprayed with chilli and pepper powder.

The police have despatched 12 teams to Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab in search of the accused. "We have sent 12 teams to the three states. The police have been digging the past CIA records and will be zeroing in on some gangs as well," said Rajbir Deswal, Commissioner of Police, Ambala-Panchkula. "As per our investigations, the robbers have taken shelter in Punjab and we are in constant touch with the Punjab Police. We have also recovered some CCTV footage that could be vital in the investigation."

The police had earlier questioned the four occupants of the CMS van. Following their conflicting statements, the police grew suspicious of their role but have not gathered anything against them so far. "We have taken their cell phones and are trying to track their previous locations and phone calls. Till now, nothing substantial that points to their involvement has come out," said a senior police officer.

Suraj Sangam, the cash box in-charge, Neem Pal, the driver, Gulshan and Yashpal, the two security guards, were allegedly looted by four men impersonating as police officers on the Siswan-Baddi road around 11.30 am on Monday. The cash van occupants were stopped by the robbers dressed as cops on the pretext of checking their licence and vehicle documents. Later, the robbers fled away in a white Verna whose registration number ended with 7812. According to the police, the number was fake and the vehicle is yet to be traced.

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